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Indigenous Research Methodologies

Second Edition


November 2019 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Author Bagele Chilisa has revised and updated her groundbreaking textbook to give a new generation of scholars a crucial foundation in indigenous methods, methodologies, and epistemologies. Addressing the increasing emphasis in the classroom and in the field to sensitize researchers and students to diverse perspectives--especially those of women, minority groups, former colonized societies, indigenous people, historically oppressed communities, and people with disabilities--the second edition of Indigenous Research Methodologies situates research in a larger, historical, cultural, and global context to make visible the specific methodologies that are commensurate with the transformative paradigm of social science research.

Chapters cover the history of research methods, ethical conduct, colonial and postcolonial epistemologies, relational epistemologies, emergent and indigenous methodologies, Afrocentric research, feminist research, narrative frameworks, interviewing, and participatory methods. New to the second edition are three new chapters covering evaluation, mixed methods, and mixed methods evaluation. These chapters focusing on decolonizing, indigenizing, and integrating these methods and applications to enhance participation of indigenous peoples as knowers and foster collaborative relationships.

Additional information on indigenous quantitative research reflects new developments in the field. New activities and web resources offer more depth and new ways for students to extend their knowledge. This textbook includes features such as key points, learning objectives, student exercises, chapter summaries, and suggested readings, making it an ideal textbook for graduate-level courses.



 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1 • Situating Knowledge Systems
Overview

 
Learning Objectives

 
Before You Start

 
Introduction

 
Terminology in Postcolonial Indigenous Research Methodologies

 
Decolonization of Western Research Methodologies

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 2 • Research Paradigms
Overview

 
Learning Objectives

 
Before You Start

 
Contested Knowledge: Indigenous Perspectives or Paradigm?

 
A Postcolonial Indigenous Research Paradigm

 
Assumptions About the Nature of Reality, Knowledge, and Values

 
Methodology

 
Euro-Western Research Paradigms

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 3 • Discovery and Recovery: Reading and Conducting Research Responsibly
Overview

 
Learning Objectives

 
Before You Start

 
Introduction

 
Postcolonial and Indigenous Theories

 
Researching Back: Methodological Imperialism

 
Postcolonial Theory and Language

 
Critical Race Theories

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 4 • Whose Reality Counts? Research Methods in Question
Overview

 
Learning Objectives

 
Before You Start

 
Colonizer/Colonized Dichotomies and the Ideology of the Other

 
Dismissing Indigenous Ways of Knowing

 
Research Ethics and the Legitimacy of Knowledge

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 5 • Postcolonial Indigenous Research Paradigms
Overview

 
Learning Objectives

 
Before You Start

 
Indigenous Knowledge and Research

 
Indigenizing Research Methodologies

 
Postcolonial Indigenous Research Paradigms

 
Relational Ontology in Context: Perspectives From Africa

 
Relational Ontology: Perspectives From Scholars in Canada and Australia

 
Relational Epistemologies

 
Relational Axiology

 
Relational Axiology: Perspectives From North America and Canada

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 6 • Decolonizing Evaluation
Overview

 
Learning Objectives

 
Before You Start

 
Why Evaluation

 
Evaluation Discourse in a Global Context

 
Blind Reliance on Eurocentric Tools

 
The Shift in Evaluation Practice

 
The Made in Africa Evaluation Perspective: A Paradigmatic Lens

 
Decolonization Intent

 
Indigenous Multicultural Validity

 
Conducting an Indigenous Evaluation

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 7 • Decolonizing Mixed Methods Research
Overview

 
Learning Objectives

 
Before You Start

 
Toward the Meaning of MMR

 
Mixed Methods Designs and Rationales

 
Indigenous Mixed Methods Approaches

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 8 • Indigenous Mixed Methods in Program Evaluation
Overview

 
Learning Objectives

 
Before You Start

 
The Indigenous Paradigmatic Lens

 
Embedding the Study in Global Knowledge

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 9 • Theorizing on Social Science Research Methods: Indigenous Perspectives
Overview

 
Learning Objectives

 
Before You Start

 
Introduction

 
Methods Based on Ethnophilosophy

 
Storytelling Methods

 
In What Language Is the Story Told?

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 10 • Culturally Responsive Indigenous Research Methodologies
Overview

 
Learning Objectives

 
Before You Start

 
Regional, National, and Local Specific Methodologies

 
Paradigm, Methodology, and Methods

 
Validity and Reliability: An Overview

 
Rigor in Qualitative Research

 
Credibility

 
Validity: A Postcolonial Indigenous Framework

 
Accountability, Respectful Representation, Reciprocity, and Rights and Responsibilities

 
Kaupapa Maori Research Methodology

 
Ethical Issues in the Creative Relationship Framework

 
Cyclical Postcolonial Indigenous Research Methodologies: The Medicine Wheel

 
Pacific Research Methodologies

 
The Afrocentric Paradigm

 
Ethics That Underscore the Importance of Agreement and Consensus, Dialogue, and Particularity

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 11 • Decolonizing the Interview Method
Overview

 
Learning Objectives

 
Before You Start

 
The Conventional Interview Method: An Overview

 
Postcolonial Indigenous Interview Methods

 
Indigenous Focus Group Interviews

 
Symbols in Postcolonial Indigenous Interview Methods

 
Conducting a Postcolonial Indigenous Interview

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 12 • Participatory Research Methods
Overview

 
Learning Objectives

 
Before You Start

 
Action Research: An Overview

 
Participatory Rural Appraisal

 
Other Methods

 
The Participatory Action Research Process

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 13 • Postcolonial Indigenous Feminist Research Methodologies
Overview

 
Learning Objectives

 
Before You Start

 
Introduction

 
Postcolonial Indigenous Feminist Theory and Research Methodologies

 
Western Feminisms

 
African Feminisms and Black Feminisms

 
Indigenous Feminist Participatory Methods in Practice

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 14 • Building Partnerships and Integrating Knowledge Systems
Overview

 
Learning Objectives

 
Before You Start

 
Postcolonial Indigenous and Social Justice Working Relationships

 
Cross-Cultural Partnership Research and Collaboration Between Academics and Donors

 
Planning Research From a Postcolonial Indigenous Research Perspective

 
Summary

 
 
References
 
Index
Key features
  • Updates information with three new chapters on mixed methods, evaluation, and a case study of mixed methods evaluation to give students more in-depth application of indigenous methods
  • Presents an overview and synthesis of indigenous research methodologies and illustrates their application through case studies from around the world
  • Reviews the predominant research paradigms and indigenous paradigms and methodologies, showing how the decolonization of research can move from theory into practice
  • Demonstrates the application of postcolonial and indigenous methodologies and epistemologies to planning and conducting research, providing students with rich examples
  • Offers practical guidance on relationships between researchers and participants, with suggestions for how indigenous methodologies can be integrated in the global knowledge economy
  • Provides a variety of learning aids in each chapter including quotations from eminent scholars, learning objectives, "Before You Start" questions, and end-of-chapter activities and suggested readings that stimulate critical thinking

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